Freda Chapple

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Freda Chapple BA (English Studies) MA (Theatre and Film), MPhil (Contemporary Literature), Diploma in Speech and Drama, MA Voice Studies


Freda Chapple’s training was at the Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama.  She began her theatre career as an assistant stage manager/singer for Welsh National Opera (Opera for All) before joining Sadler’s Wells at the London Coliseum (English National Opera) as assistant and then deputy stage manager. She was the stage manager for Australian Opera at the opening of the Sydney Opera House, and also staff director (Tannhäuser) and directed own adaptation of The Magic Flute for school children. Returning to the UK, Freda became stage manager for Scottish Opera, staff producer, and co-presenter of opera workshops for schools.

In 1990, Freda was appointed as a Lecturer in Continuing Education (Arts) at The University of Sheffield, Adult and Continuing Education Department where she developed courses for mature students in literature, theatre and film. Freda directed opera productions for the Department of Music, South Yorkshire Opera and acted with local theatre companies.

Freda was the co-founder of the ‘Intermediality in Theatre and Performance Research Working Group’ for the International Federation for Theatre Research; and co-edited the group publication Intermediality in Theatre and Performance, Chapple and Kattenbelt (Eds) 2006, Rodopi.

Freda Chapple completed the MA Voice Studies at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in 2013.  She is now an independent Voice and Acting coach and director of her own company: Chapple’s Voice Coaching